Norwich, Vt. — Stephen Tate, 90, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Hanover Terrace Healthcare in Hanover, N.H. Although Steve was recently in poor health, his loving wife Jo, kept him smiling to the end.
Born Aug. 25, 1922 in Montclair, N.J., the youngest of four children (Robert, Arthur and Norman) to the late Laura (Bromell) Tate and Cecil Whitter Tate, Steve attended Dartmouth College graduating with the Class of 1944. After college he served during World War II as a Captain in the infantry and was stationed in the Philippines until 1946. Following his service, he attended Harvard Law School on the G.I. Bill and graduated in 1949. As a young lawyer, he settled in Westport, Conn. near his brother, Norm and later partnered with Ed Capasse to form the law firm Tate & Capasse which later expanded to become Tate, Capasse & Johnson. Steve’s law career lasted fifty years, during which he was also a prosecutor and judge for the Municipal Court of Westport.
In 1955, he married Josephine Hanlon and together they raised their four children, Lee Emerson (David) of Norwich, Charlotte Tate (Chris Zeoli) of Middlebury, Vt., Michael Tate (Leslie McCormick) of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Stephen Tate (Nicole Ache) of Pasadena, Calif. Steve delighted in his four grandchildren, Connie and Shepard Emerson and Marguerite and Charlie Tate.
While in Connecticut his interests, other than his devotion to his law practice, included sailing on Long Island Sound, serving on the board of the Fairfield County Hunt Club, representing his district on the Westport RTM and volunteering. As President of the Board of Trustees of the Westport Public Library, Steve was involved in planning the current library. He also worked hard to stay fit, evidenced by his completion on the NYC Marathon at the age of 60 (1982).
Steve retired in 2000, and with Jo moved to Norwich (home to “Mother Dartmouth”, as many joke). There he remained active, joining the Norwich Library Board of Trustees, serving as the President of Dartmouth Class of ’44 and trying his hand at new skills such as piano, harmonica, bread baking and continuing to stay abreast of all the latest technology developments. He and Jo traveled extensively and were great companions to the end.
The family would like to thank the staff of Hanover Terrace and Bayada Hospice for their support and for the exceptional care they provided. Honoring a passionate reader, so-inclined friends can make donations in Steve’s memory to the Norwich Public Library, PO Box 290, Norwich, Vt. 05055.
A memorial service will be held later in the Spring. Ricker Funeral Home and Crematory in Lebanon, N.H. assisted the family with arrangements. Messages of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.rickerfuneralhome.com.